Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Bombardier Samuel Joseph Robinson, 5th Regiment, the Royal Artillery, was killed in Afghanistan on his fourth operational tour. He had deployed two months earlier as a specialist advisor to provide support to Combined Force Sangin, and was the second-in-command of a Surveillance and Target Acquisition Patrol. During a local area patrol he was caught up in an IED explosion and did not survive.
Bombardier Robinson had joined the Army in 1999, and by 2006 he was serving with 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps as a parachute-trained corporal. He then joined 4/73 (Sphinx) Special Observation Post Battery, 5th Regiment Royal Artillery. Two years later he successfully passed the Patrol Course and was selected as a Royal Artillery Special Observer. On a previous deployment to Afghanistan he served with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force and had an active part in Op PANCHAI PALANG. He was a physical training instructor, swimming champion and an avid runner; colleagues remember not only his fitness and capabilities, but his enthusiasm, dedication and loyalty.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hayhurst RA said: “Bombardier Robinson was one of the first to step forward for this particularly difficult task even though he had just returned from Op HERRICK 10. This courageous man held the respect of all that knew him; his strength of character, professionalism, and outright robustness made him a force to be reckoned with, and he was the perfect role model for the rest of the Regiment and in particular the young members of 4/73 Battery. He was special and will be sorely missed. His tragic loss has come as a shock to us all.”
Samuel, from Carmarthen, was 31 years old.